Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Hope Frozen (2020)

A two-year-old girl from Bangkok – nicknamed “Einz”– becomes the youngest person in the world to undergo cryo-preservation. After her death from brain cancer, her family sends the girl’s body to an American lab. Her head and brain now rest in a cryonic tank in Arizona.

Hope Frozen follows the family who made this life-changing decision. The girl’s father, a Ph.D.-holding laser scientist, convinces his family that, who are Buddhist, they should invest their hopes in this controversial technology.

The father longs to help Einz experience rebirth inside a regenerated body but realizes that he will not live to see that happen. His oldest – Matrix, a 15-year-old whiz kid – now has to fulfill this dream. The son travels to the U.S. to meet scientists on the verge of mind preservation breakthroughs. But what the boy discovers will test the family’s radical faith in science.

The film weaves personal footage of Einz’s life with observational scenes of the family following her death. It explores the technology that promises to preserve the human – and the emotional struggle of a family devoted to reviving their daughter at all costs.

Production notes

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Film Title : Hope Frozen
Language : thai, englanti
Director : Pailin Wedel
Year : 2018
Length : 76
Age limit : K12
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Mark Dobbin
Editing : Nina Ijäs
Music : Chapavich Temnitikul
Producer : Pailin Wedel, Amanda Feldon, Patrick Winn
Production Company : 2050 Productions Co., Ltd

Screenings :
Mon 27.1. at 20.00, Kinopalatsi 1, followed by a Q&A with writer and editor Nina Ijäs
Wed 29.1. at 19.30, Kinopalatsi 8, followed by a Q&A with writer and editor Nina Ijäs
Sat 1.2. at 16.30, Kinopalatsi 8, followed by a Q&A with writer and editor Nina Ijäs